Dymchurch Rec: SGP calls on parish council to guarantee its future

May 29, 2018

Shepway Green Party has campaigned alongside residents over the last year to save Dymchurch Recreation Ground from development. After two new twists to the saga last week, we are calling on the Parish Council to now guarantee the future of this heavily used and much loved community asset.   In the face of considerable resident...
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A great win for Ellie in Hythe East by-election

May 28, 2018

In the keenly contested election to represent the Hythe East ward on Hythe Town Council, our candidate, Ellie Cumming, secured 41% of the vote on a healthy turnout of 37.3%. She gained 592 votes, convincingly beating the Tory’s Helen Molyneux (474 votes) and Labour’s Penny Snow (244). Ellie will sit alongside our existing Green...
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Otterpool: An update

April 29, 2018

Our local Hythe Town Councillor, Ashley Tanton, reports on a recent briefing about the proposed Otterpool development: The briefing saw Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s Otterpool team offering assurances that Affinity Water has confirmed it can supply Otterpool but there have still been still no firm commitments on issues I raised earlier, including the...
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Nuclear waste? No way

April 29, 2018
Dungeness Powerstation

Shepway Green Party is wholly opposed to the District Council’s renewed interest in a nuclear waste facility on Romney Marsh. The idea of putting a massive 120-year facility, which would stretch up to 1000 feet underground and would then be sealed off for thousands of years, on this flood zone is as ludicrous as...
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CND 60th anniversary tour

April 23, 2018
CND anniversary tour

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), founded in 1958, is touring its symbol and initials across the UK in 2018 to mark its 60th anniversary and to highlight the continuing relevance of the campaign.  Locally, the tour will feature the famous CND and Peace symbol’s designer, Gerald Holtom, who lived in Hythe (1963-1985) and is...
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Parking on Prince’s Parade: The fiasco continues

March 28, 2018

Our Hythe Town Councillor, Ashley Tanton, writes: The proposed introduction of pay and display parking on Prince’s Parade has rightly angered a lot of people, both during the consultation stage and now as the machinery, signs and lines are installed. Let’s face it, people resent paying for parking and pay and display machines on...
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Embarrassing: KCC’s continued failure to divest

March 16, 2018

Yesterday, once more, our KCC representative, Martin Whybrow, brought the urgent debate about divestment to KCC. Speaking at full council, he challenged the council’s treasury management report, triggering a lengthy public debate on the issue. The webcast can be viewed here: Here’s a transcript of his argument: “I thought the treasury management report...
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Councillor’s blog: What’s wrong with local government

February 26, 2018

What’s wrong with local government in the UK? Well Kent County Council’s annual budget day offers some pointers, writes our KCC representative, Martin Whybrow. In the council chamber bubble, there’s the usual petty party politics. It is such an unedifying spectacle for anyone watching from the public gallery or on the webcast. Within an...
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Green-wash, Brexit and reshuffles: Our KCC member on Paul on Politics

January 14, 2018

Our Kent County Councillor, Martin Whybrow, was on this Friday’s Paul on Politics show on KMTV. In an entertaining and wide-ranging discussion, alongside fellow KCC councillor, Labour’s Karen Constantine, he discussed Tory green-wash, in light of Theresa May’s speech on Thursday (too vague, too little on how the aspirations would be achieved and still...
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Huge challenges for 2018 from cuts and Brexit

December 31, 2017

“It is impossible to look to the new year with anything other than deep foreboding.” So concluded the Green Party’s Kent County Councillor, Martin Whybrow, at the last full council meeting of 2017. He had set out his fears for front-line services as a result of further severe budget pressures, combined with the likely...
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